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907 Updates February 22, 2019

By Daniela Rivera: Missing or murdered: What happened to Linda Skeek?
By Leroy Polk: Fairbanks man arrested for striking family’s car, shooting at them, AST says
KTOO Public Media: ‘The community spirit keeps us warm’: Exchange students from Muslim countries feel welcome in Juneau, Sitka; Three people seriously injured in five-car crash in Juneau; Alaska ferries freeze autumn ticket sales amid uncertain future and more ->
Alaska Native News: Former Kotzebue Postmaster Indicted on Drug Conspiracy Charges; Wasilla Woman Arrested for Felony DUI after being Found Passed out at the Three Bear Gas Pumps; AST Jail Nenana Man on Multiple Charges Following Machete Incident and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Woman who fought for civil rights for the indigenous people across the state of Alaska was celebrated last night; New Airport Renovation Planned for 2021; An update on the women who shot herself in the chest yesterday. And more ->
By Scott Gross: Government Hill among 6 schools across the globe chosen for satellite internet program
As being chosen as of the six global schools, Government Hill also receives free internet from OneWeb.
How will they protect the area from two and four legged vandals?
By Lauren Maxwell: Bears could be barrier to Muldoon park food forest
Rafuse said the project has also received several grants, including a $750,000 grant from the federal government that was awarded with the understanding that the public plantings were part of it.

Ultimately, he said, the project will have to be approved by the municipality’s Parks and Recreation and Urban Design commissions before it can go through.
By Heather Hintze: Palmer recycling center creates financial ‘safety net’ as market prices drop
By Lisa Demer: Meet Rasmuson Foundation’s four new staff members
By Shawn Wilson: After playing for charity, an Alaska teen guitarist will get to play at world music festival

907 Updates February 21, 2019

By Liz Raines: APD investigating suspicious death, fire at East Anchorage home
Anyone with surveillance footage or information about the incident is asked to call the department’s non-emergency line at 311.
By Daniella Rivera: Trial starts Thursday for man accused of murdering his wife in 2016
By Chris Klint: Colleagues failed to act on Nighswonger abuse, suit claims
By Chris Klint: APD seeks more victims in attempted child sex abuse
Anyone with information on the case or additional victims Larsen may have had is asked to call Detective Childers at 907-786-8505, or APD dispatchers at 311.
By Jeremy Hsieh, KTOO: Watch live: U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan addresses the Alaska Legislature
KTOO Public Media: ASRC, after backing Dunleavy’s campaign, blasts his oil tax redistribution plan; NovaGold stakes company future on Donlin Gold mine after major asset sale; Alaska chief justice calls for computer security upgrade
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: YKHC Flying Prescriptions To Napakiak During Post Office Closure; NovaGold Stakes Company Future On Donlin Gold Mine After Major Asset Sale and more ->
Alaska Native News: Bristol Bay Tribes Outraged at Inadequate Review of Pebble project; New Drone Technology Could Revolutionize Marine Mammal Monitoring and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Woman Shoots Herself at Fairbanks Rescue Mission; Local Man Faces Jury for the Second Time After Being Granted an Appeal; Military Report: Eielson Aggressors in Pacific for ‘COPE North 2019’ and more ->
Angela Gonzalez Athabascan Woman Blog: Blanche Sam – Athabascan & Iñupiaq Beader
AJC Susan Reeves: COMMENTARY: Years of input culminating in Chugach purchase of ML&P
AJC Liam Zsolt: COMMENTARY: Concerns misplaced over ANWR impact on carbon emissions
By Jill Burke: Food pantry and home of longtime Anchorage community activist Mother Lawrence faces closure
By Joe Vigil: Daisy Bell used to blast Alaska avalanche slopes
By Jackie Purcell: Supermoon Sightings: Alaskans show us the view from their town

907 Updates February 20, 2019

By Elizabeth Roman: Barratt Inn guest arrested for assaulting woman walking to her room
By Hank Davis: FEMA explains why payouts for earthquake damage are much smaller than expected for some
KTVA: Biologists recruit Anchorage residents for moose survey
Moose sightings Friday morning through 5 p.m. Sunday can be reported online at www.adfg.alaska.gov , by phone at (907) 267-2530, or by text at (907) 782-5051.

Reports should include the number of moose, time of sighting, and moose location.
KTOO Public Media: Watch live: 2019 State of the Judiciary address; House committees organize, five weeks after session began; With winter snow trails, North Slope Borough hopes to offer residents a safe path over tundra and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Rep. Zulkosky Serving On House Health And Social Services, Education, Energy Committees and more ->
Alaska Native News: Troopers Catch Cantwell Hit and Run Driver ‘Engaged in Lewd Act’ along Parks Highway; New Stuyahok Man Arrested for Burglary/Vehicle Theft after Attempting to Break into Jail and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Accused Killer in Cold Case Fights Extradition; Young comments on national emergency declaration; Dunleavy Proposes Slashing Public Assistance Program and more ->
By Liz Raines: Documentary profiles ‘Japanese Schindler’ who saved thousands during WWII
By Cassie Schirm: 4.4 aftershock damages Point MacKenzie farmer’s business
“When bad things happen, I can’t change that,” said Hale. “I can’t change the fact that the greenhouse collapsed, but I can control how I react to it.”
By Matt Tunseth: Chugiak woman’s children’s book a ‘Dream’ endeavor
Rita Pitka Blumenstein Day celebration
By Beth Verge: For King Cove High School, girls basketball reigns

907 Updates February 19, 2019

By Daniella Rivera: Senate Judiciary Committee hears public testimony on sexual assault bills
By Heather Hintze: Butte playground to honor sisters killed in house fire
By Hank Davis: Revisiting the first outside glimpse at Alaska, 151 years later
KTOO Public Media: Watch live: U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski addresses the Alaska Legislature and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Napakiak In ‘Dire Need’ Of Postmaster As Post Office Closed For Past Two Weeks and more ->
Alaska Native News: U.S. Settles with Trident Seafoods Corporation to Reduce Ozone-Depleting Emissions; Wasilla Man Reported as Possible Burglary Suspect Found with Drugs and Counterfeit Currency and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: CBD Ad Removed from Borough Buses; Officials Warn of Thinning Ice and more ->
Bloomberg Opinion: Editorial: What can be done to help native women?
Alaska Journal of Commerce: Movers and Shakers for Feb. 17
By KTVA Daybreak Staff: Head of the Class: Marco Christian
KTUU: Searching Eklutna Lake for earthquake evidence Scientists from USGS and Ghent University are trying to capture a natural record of geological events through sediment analysis.
KTUU: Master Plan released for former ANMC site The municipality has released a master plan of proposals for the 15-acre site where the Alaska Native Medical Center was once located.
By Beth Verge: Anchorage soccer standout goes pro, signs with Swedish soccer team

907 Updates February 18, 2019

By Kortnie Horazdovsky: Magnitude 4.4 aftershock hits southcentral Monday morning
By Austin Sjong: Roads reopen after early morning fire causes Arctic and Fireweed to shut down
By Patrick Enslow: Crash on Iron Dog trail leaves rider hospitalized, sleds totaled
Agree, ignore him.
By Dave Leval: Neighbors say Mat-Su man’s Black History Month display is offensive, racist
African-American leaders including Chuck Bremer, who has worked with the A. Philip Randolph Institute to advance civil rights, have advice for Platt and others.

“I wouldn’t waste my time with anybody like that, it wouldn’t bother me. It’s a fool,” said Bremer, who is in Anchorage this weekend for the inaugural Bettye Davis African-American Summit, in memory of the first black woman elected to the Alaska Senate. “I don’t have time for foolish things at my age.”

Wade Henderson, the former director of the Washington, D.C. branch of the NAACP, agreed with Bremer.

“As long as it stops with an expression of political opinion, I’m OK with that,” Henderson said. “When it crosses over into action, harmful actions against individuals, obviously I would oppose it. In this instance, I think it’s just best to ignore him.”
By Associated Press: State signs $2M timber sale contract for southeast Alaska
By Derek Minemyer: Alaska volunteer fire departments suffering staff shortages

907 Updates February 17, 2019

By Chris Klint: Sailboat fire in Seward Harbor leaves 1 dead
By Chris Klint: Murder arrest made in Barratt Inn shooting
By Chris Klint: Man fatally shot in Turnagain ‘isolated incident’
By Derek Minemyer: ‘We want justice’: Family remembers shooting death of Brandy Sullivan
KTOO Public Media: Storms erode Bering Sea ice pack; caution is urged; Young sponsors bill to bring back deported vets and more ->
Alaska Native News: USCG Assists Kona Kai in Recovering Five from Sunken Pacific 1 and more->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: UAF Chancellor Releases Statement on Sergie Cold Case Arrest; Borough buses could be running on compressed natural gas in a few years and more->
By Patrick Enslow: Off to the races for Iron Dog 36
By Hank Davis: 2019 Bettye Davis summit honors former senator’s legacy
By Laura Ojeda Melchor: Literary Tourism: Alaska’s Mat-Su Valley

907 Updates February 16, 2019

KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Two Kids Fall Through Ice Behind AC Quickstop, But A Young Man Saves Them and more ->
One bullet.
By Chris Klint: Troopers make Maine arrest in 25-year-old Fairbanks murder
One bullet.
By Sandra Medearis for the Nome Nugget: Bering Straits School District to pay $12.6M in student sex abuse case
Alaska State Troopers took Oxereok, then 43, into custody in September 2016 after a parent filed a complaint on child sex abuse at the Wales school. More victims came forward. Oxereok pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree Sex Abuse of a Minor Under Age 13 in Aug. 2017. He went to prison in February 2018 to begin serving a sentence of 20 years.
By KTVA: Man sentenced for theft, damage at marijuana business
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A 40-year-old man who stole or damaged $144,000 in marijuana at an Anchorage cultivation facility has been sentenced to two years in prison.
No, who’d thunk?
By Chris Klint: Anchorage substance abuse rises after PFD payments, ISER finds
By KTUU Digital Staff: Smoked Alaska Seafoods issues recall of Smoked Silver Salmon cans
Containers with the production code AL81111133 on the bottom of the jar may be contaminated or may become contaminated with clostridium botulinum, which can lead to botulism — a rare but potentially deadly bacterial infection.
KTOO Public Media: Multi-partisan House majority takes shape; Dunleavy offers Alaska National Guard support to Trump’s emergency declaration; Legislative Finance gets ready to release its version of Dunleavy’s new budget; Fashion faux pas? MLM company LuLaRoe sued in Alaska over sales taxes. More ->
By Kristen Durand: Chugiak High band director hopes to bring new life to the program

907 Updates February 15, 2019

By Leroy Polk: Loaded gun found in Anchorage elementary student’s backpack, police say
APD spokesperson Kendra Doshier said Friday that the handgun was loaded with a full magazine, but no round was in the chamber. After it’s discovery, Doshier said the gun was turned over to APD and seized as evidence.

While Esary could not comment on what disciplinary action, if any, was taken on the student in this specific case, she said the section on Weapons and Firearms in the ASD student handbook outlines disciplinary practice.

“Students possessing weapons are subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion,” ASD states in the handbook. “Students possessing guns on school grounds will be recommended for expulsion.”
By Associated Press: Alaska Supreme Court finds state law defining medically necessary abortions unconstitutional
KTOO Public Media: Findings released regarding governor’s bid to fire head of state oil and gas watchdog agency; Why do Norah Jones tickets cost over $500? And more ->
Alaska Native News: Gov. Dunleavy Wants Money from Cities and Boroughs to Balance the Budget and more ->
Fairbnaks News Webcenter 11: Chiropractor Appointed to State Board Arrested in Kodiak; 2018 AF ‘Spouse of the Year’ Promotes Suicide Awareness and more ->
Father-daughter duo take on Iron Dog (just dont tell mom)
Larry and Danielle Levine look to become the first father-daughter duo to compete in the Iron Dog pro-class race.
By Chris Klint: ‘Byron was talking pretty clearly:’ Ice fall highlights glacier’s dangers
By Lauren Maxwell: City wants comments on draft plan for old Native hospital site

907 Updates February 14, 2019

Suzanne Downing Must Read Alaska: Breaking: Jack Coghill, ‘Mr. Republican,’ passes

John Bruce Coghill (September 24, 1925 – February 13, 2019) was a politician and businessman who was the lieutenant governor of Alaska from 1990 to 1994 under Governor Walter Hickel. Both were members of the Alaskan Independence Party.

Originally elected as the Republican Party’s lieutenant governor nominee in 1990, Coghill had faced serious compatibility issues with running mate Arliss Sturgulewski. AIP chair Joe Vogler vacated his party’s nominated slate of John Lindauer and Jerry Ward and replaced them with Wally Hickel and Coghill. While Hickel turned his back on the AIP and their platform almost immediately after taking office, Coghill remained loyal to the party, even becoming their gubernatorial nominee in 1994. Prior to these events, he was well known in Alaskan political circles as “Mr. Republican.”[1]


By Hillel Italie: Paperback pioneer Betty Ballantine dead at 99

Elizabeth Jones Ballantine
By Leroy Polk: Anchorage resident killed in early morning motorhome fire
By Leroy Polk: Bryce Edgmon confirmed as Alaska House speaker after 31 days in session
During the first 29 days of the session, most Alaska House members were eligible to collect more than $8,700 each via a daily $302 per diem since the legislative session started on Jan. 15.
KTOO Public Media: U.S. Air Force ‘barren lands’ survival course teaches how to stay alive in Arctic wilderness; How Alaska school districts planned to spend that $20 million and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Calista Shareholders Voice Dissent Over Donlin Mine In Letter To Board and more->
Alaska Native News: Governor and First Lady Mourn the Passing of Jack Coghill; Anchorage Detectives Seek Person of Interest in Steven John Homicide Investigation and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fairbanks Police Chief Speaks About Officer Shooting; MILITARY REPORT: Eielson holds first annual ‘Spouse Symposium’ and more->
Alaska Journal of Commerce – Gov. Michael J. Dunleavy GUEST COMMENTARY: An honest budget: sustainable, predictable, affordable
By Jeremy LaGoo: GOES-17 satellite means more accurate weather forecasts for Alaska
By Patrick Enslow: Coca-Cola backs out of sponsorship for 2019 Iditarod
Local students practice business skills during Valentine’s Day sale Starting a business can be difficult for an adult let alone a kid but these 5th and 6th graders from Bowman Elementary are running a successful business for the 2nd year learning what it means to be an entrepreneur.

907 Updates February 13, 2019

Oooh, that’s harsh punishment~
By KTVA Web Staff: Sand Point man sentenced in series of crimes
A Sand Point man has received sentences totaling more than a year in prison, after he admitted that he tried to smuggle drugs into the Southwest Alaska community during a crime spree spanning much of 2018.
By Lauren Maxwell: Anchorage proposal could put brake on bike thefts
Constant plans to introduce an ordinance at Tuesday’s Assembly meeting that would make it a crime to possess a bike that has had its serial number removed. It would allow police to assume the bike is stolen, seize it and fine the person who had it. The ordinance would make possessing an item where the serial number has been removed a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine that could be as high as $10,000.
By Shannon Ballard: Pot industry questions Dunleavy crime bills’ impact on growers
By Derek Minemyer: Say goodbye to nuisance properties, the Anchorage Assembly says
KTOO Public Media: Southeast Alaska tribe takes initial steps to create their own tribal court; Juneau’s legislative delegation looks to get ahead of potential cuts to state jobs; Signal detected from missing Guardian Flight plane and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Brazil Dam Disaster Sparks Questions Over The Safety Of Donlin’s Tailings Dam; Kings Swim In A Dangerous Ocean and more->
Alaska Native News: Troopers, SERT, Helo-3 Carry out Willow High Risk Warrant Arrest; Governor Legally Obligated to Accept Federal Funds for Medicaid Expansion and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Fort Wainwright Soldier Dies From Injuries; Officer Involved Shooting on the Elliot Highway; Residents voiced their thoughts on Ordinance 6093 at Fairbanks city council meeting; Fairbanks Memorial Hospital offering classes for Hip and Joint replacement patients and more ->
By John Thompson: Head of the Class: Larry Wilson
Alissa Pili broke the 4A Girls Basketball scoring record Tuesday night against West.
Program helps interns overcome obstacles Project Search is a program that helps people with disabilities gain work experience at Providence Hospital.
By Seth Kantner: Remembering Clarence Wood, a hunter in the truest sense of the word
By Mike Ross: Trail danger: Dog owner urges trap safety